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Any reports of aftershocks,or is Christchurch now out of danger??

According to the USGS, there have been at least two aftershocks over 5.0... one twenty minutes after the main shock and one a day after.

Now that the people is on alert and the weakest buildings have been evacuated, is probably that nothing worst could happen, but in any case, you're never out of danger. There have been cases where a huge shock is followed by a bigger one (the most famous case is the 7.3 earthquake followed by a 9.5 the day after in 1960), but is really uncommon.

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You said "no one know when this will happen"... for the same reason, you should be prepared not only for a 7.0 earthquake... but also for a 7.5 and an 8.0 and who knows which one alse. I think the only good thing about this kind of catastrophes is that you could learn which are your strengths and weakness so you could be more prepared for the next one. I didn't want to sound rude in a moment like this and I'm sorry if you felt this way, I was just trying to raise a point to debate (of course, if it's not what it seems in the pictures, it's ok).

Well a very major earthquake will probably hit Tokyo in the next hundred years. They take precautions but accept the risks- just like sex.

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:( Another big aftershock. 4.1. Finished off a couple of buildings...

Army now on patrol and CBD still closed.

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:mellow: The top pic shows a classic case of 'liquifaction' the fuel tanks have been lifted up by the sandy ooze.

The buildings in pics 2 and 4 have been demolished today, ironically both were on TV news tonight.

St Johns was located at 'Church Corner' just up the road from where I used to stay when I was studying at Canty Uni. Kind of sad really as it was always there, so to speak.

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Must take a note to check out "Pills for Trills".

Yeah, more I shop that I'd expect to see in Amsterdam than Christchurch. Must get across there again soon!

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Overnight last night there were several earthquakes over 5 which has caused new damage to buildings. Schools are now closed until monday.

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:( Huge shallow aftershock right under the city this morning-5.1!!!

Brought down already weakened structures...

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:mellow: Big Boxing Day aftershock 5.0 rattles Christchurch at 10am and brings down already damaged buildings.

Police have shut down the inner-city, disrupting Boxing Day sales shoppers and giving cruise ship tourists a shaky start to the day.

Flights disrupted as airport officials cleared the runway for use by lunchtime...City still shaking.

...Just what no one in the nerve rattled city needed right now!

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:mellow: Big Boxing Day aftershock 5.0 rattles Christchurch at 10am and brings down already damaged buildings.

Police have shut down the inner-city, disrupting Boxing Day sales shoppers and giving cruise ship tourists a shaky start to the day.

Flights disrupted as airport officials cleared the runway for use by lunchtime...City still shaking.

...Just what no one in the nerve rattled city needed right now!

My friend was the in the Christchurch cathedral at the time of the big aftershock. It was shallow as well. Not a nice christmas present at all.

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Another huge quake just hit Christchurch, measured 6.3 and much more shallow and close to the city than the intial quake. Apparently buildings have come down.

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Whoa ok, TV is showing pictures of whole office buildings having come down. Reports of bodies being removed. ****!

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The cathedral has taken a huge hit and started falling down, people still trapped inside. ughhh

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I'm sure all Aussies are crossing fingers there won't be a huge toll.

Kevin Rudd was just on TVNZ.

multiple fatalities confirmed.

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Kevin Rudd was just on TVNZ.

multiple fatalities confirmed.

I'm getting nervous about reports that some buses have been crushed from falling facades.

Sh!t, I'm not gonna be able to concentrate on work this afternoon.

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God, the more the infomation comes in the more tragic this appears. The TV is urging people all over the country to go give blood, just about to head up to the local hosptial to book in to donate.

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'Dead bodies lying around'

Residents are reporting bodies lying in the streets of Christchurch following this afternoon's magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings. Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has declared a state of emergency.

Christchurch resident Jaydn Katene told the Herald: "We've had friends in town call us and say there are just bodies lying around; lots of dead bodies outside shops just lying there just covered in bricks.

"When it hit we were knocked to our feet. Everything in the house fell down, nothing was left still standing. There's more damage than the first earthquake, the roads are completely torn up; sewage coming up and flooding. It's crazy."

"The elderly are all crying. The next-door neighbours around us were all bawling their eyes out, it was horrible. People can't get out of their houses," said Mr Katene.

"We've seen cars halfway sunken into the road. We've heard there's a bus which is sunken halfway into the road just around the corner.

"Buildings are half-collapsed everywhere.

"It smells horrible. The roads are packed with cars. There aren't enough police or ambulances. Houses are all collapsing. It's pretty shocking; a total warzone."

Aftershocks continue

GNS Science said today's 12.51pm quake was centred at Lyttelton at a depth of 5km.

It was followed by a 5.7 magnitude aftershock at 1.04pm at a depth of 6km, 10km south of Christchurch.

A magnitude 5.5 aftershock was recorded within five kilometres of Lyttelton - the town at the epicentre of a huge earthquake that hit Canterbury today.

The large aftershock was recorded at 2:50pm at a depth of 5km.

A magnitude 4.6 shock hit at 3.38pm, centred 10km east of Lyttelton. That was followed by another five minutes later, a 4.5 shake 10km south-west of Christchurch.

The third took place at 4.04pm and measured 4.6, within 5km of Christchurch, taking the total to 10 aftershocks since the 6.3 earthquake at 12.51pm.

Buses crushed, buildings collapse

Christchurch resident Jane Smith, who works in the central city, earlier told the Herald a work colleague had helped with rescue efforts after a building facade collapsed on a bus on Colombo St.

"There's people dead. He was pulling them out of a bus. Colombo St is completely munted," she said.

TV3 reports there are 24 people trapped on the 17th floor of the Forsyth Barr building who are being rescued

TV3 also reports that a person had died in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner and a body has been carried out of Christchurch's YHA hostel.

The broadcaster showed footage of people being rescued from the Pyne Guinness Gould building, where it is believed some 200 people have been trapped.

It said the Provincial Chambers Building had also collapsed and more people were likely also trapped there.

A listener told Newstalk ZB that the Piko Wholefoods building on Kilmore Street near the city centre, which was hit in the September 4 earthquake, was now "practically non-existent".

Herald reporter Jarrod Booker said Christchurch's historic cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street had half collapsed, with the remaining part of the building filled with cracks.

The spire on the Christchurch Cathedral has also collapsed.

Christchurch resident Gary Moore told NZPA he and 19 other colleagues were trapped in Christchurch's Forsyth Barr building on Colombo Street.

Mr Moore said workers were stuck on the 12th floor as the stairwell had collapsed. He was not sure if people were trapped on other floors.

'Grave concerns' for Banks Peninsula

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says he holds grave concerns for the safety of people in Banks Peninsula area following today's massive earthquake and aftershocks.

Christchurch is located immediately north of the peninsula.

"We still have yet to hear any reports in from Banks Peninsula and I'm very very concerned about that," he told Radio New Zealand.

"The centre of the earthquake was in Lyttelton Harbour. There are hills covered in rocks, those rocks would have come down."

Mr Parker said the damage to the city centre was immense and people were trapped in buildings.

"Everybody needs to understand that this is going to be a day of very black news," he said.

Canterbury would need help from the rest of the country.

"There is no doubt that we are going to have a significant number of homeless people in our city," he said.

The region had lost a lot of communication, and water was coming up through the streets from pipes.

He urged people to stay calm despite the extremely difficult circumstances.

Mr Parker said people were very frightened but they needed to keep the roads clear.

"Don't use the phones unless you have to, those phones are also our lifeline."

When the quake struck the mayor was knocked over.

"I looked out over the city once I got up and I could see clouds of dust from buildings collapsing. I could hear screams from streets."

Traffic gridlock

Jarrod Booker said queues of cars could be seen being shaken up and down when the latest aftershock hit.

Mr Booker said cars stuck in the city's gridlock were being rocked side to side and occupants could be heard screaming.

"Even sitting in a car you can feel continual shaking on a smaller scale than the original quake," he earlier said.

Emergency services have been struggling to access the central city and were having to manoeuvre slowly around gridlocked traffic.

Mr Booker said Tuam Street had become a river as water poured from ruptures in the road and was impassable in places.

The whole central city was in gridlock as people tried to evacuate central businesses to check their homes, he said.

Most traffic lights were out and cars were also having to negotiate around hordes of people on foot.

Some pedestrians were standing on the footpaths and staring into space, apparently in shock.

Mr Booker said the southern suburbs appeared to be particularly badly hit.

Liquefaction was forcing tarmac up in the middle of the road and water and sand were spewing out of chasms.

Civil Defence response

Police said all available staff were helping with the rescue operation and the Defence Force had been called in to assist.

Triage centres have been established for the injured at Latimer Square in the central city, Spotlight Mall in Sydenham and Sanitarium in Papanui.

Civil Defence Minister John Carter said all the South Island hospitals apart from Invercargill had been emptied to make way for earthquake victims.

Mr Carter and preparations had been made for a state of emergency to be declared.

He said the number of fatalities and the extent of the damage was still unclear.

Speaking to media at the Beehive's National Crisis Centre, Director of Civil Defence John Hamilton earlier said a response plan was now being put together using all available national resources.

"That includes extra fire people, extra police personnel, assets from the Defence Forces. International offers of assistance are coming through from Australia in particular."

Mr Hamilton said the earthquake was a level three crisis - the highest for a localised event.

Phone lines are down and calls are not being connected to emergency services. Telecom said it is working to understand which services have been affected by the earthquake and get these restored as soon as possible.

Temporary accommodation is being organised for those who have been displaced, with tents possibly to be erected in Hagley Park.

All but emergency flights into Christchurch Airport have been put on hold while it checks the state of its runway.

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All radio stations in Canterbury have been switched over to the network's major news stations so you can only pick up NewstalkZB, RadioLive and RNZ National. This is truly devestating, so far confirmed 23 dead but many people are still trapped in fallen buildings including the two destroyed Cathedrals.

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God, the more the infomation comes in the more tragic this appears. The TV is urging people all over the country to go give blood, just about to head up to the local hosptial to book in to donate.

Not to want to go astray from the main, tragic, topic, but are you allowed to give blood in NZ? In Oz, gay men are barred as blood donors.

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Not to want to go astray from the main, tragic, topic, but are you allowed to give blood in NZ? In Oz, gay men are barred as blood donors.

Pifft, like thats going to stop me.

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